Jon Stewart will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Comedian Jon Stewart, along with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and John Feal, a first responder advocate, speaks to reporters about their efforts to raise awareness for U.S. veterans suffering from illnesses caused by military toxic exposures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Jan 19 (Reuters) – Comedian Jon Stewart, whose irreverent brand of political and media satire has made him a beloved figure on television, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington in April, becoming the 23rd recipient of the award.

The national award is named after novelist and essayist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pseudonym Mark Twain. Richard Pryor was the first recipient of the award; its last recipient was Dave Chappelle.

“For more than three decades, Jon Stewart has illuminated our lives and challenged our spirits by delivering current affairs and social satire with his wit and wisdom,” the Kennedy Center said in a statement Wednesday.

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Stewart will be honored April 24 in Washington, DC, in a televised ceremony, the first for the award since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Stewart said, according to the statement.

In 2021, six years after leaving his satirical “The Daily Show”, Stewart returned to television with a new venture taking an in-depth look at current affairs. “The Problem With Jon Stewart” premiered on the Apple TV+ streaming platform on September 30.

Stewart’s satire has made him a beloved figure with an influence far beyond the 2-3 million nightly audience of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. ‘The Daily Show’ has won 20 Emmys in its 16 years as a host and has boosted the careers of other comedians including Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Samantha Bee. Its current host is Trevor Noah.

After stepping down in 2015, Stewart has made only rare public appearances, including advocating for injured veterans and health care benefits for first responders who fell ill after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, before returning to Apple. TV+ streaming platform.

In 2020, he wrote and directed “Irresistible”, a political comedy film starring Steve Carell, which received mixed reviews.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bangalore; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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